I had cupping therapy combined with deep tissue massage by Tibor. It was a fantastic experience indeed; I highly recommend it! He was very professional and knowledgeable and worked through the tension in my muscles. Felt amazing during and afterwards!- DM
WHAT IS CUPPING MASSAGE?
Even though Cupping therapy has become quite trendy, it’s not new. It is an ancient alternative therapy dating back to ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures.
In our modern world, many professional athletes choose cupping therapy as part of their training program. Some of them, such as Michael Phelps, use this type of massage to boost their sports performance. It was evident at the last Olympics when the swimmer had the typical bruising patterns caused by cupping therapy all over his back.
In London, you may find different kinds of cupping treatments, such as:
Wet cupping: Creating a vacuum after the therapist makes minor cuts in the skin. So the toxins in the blood vessels drain to the skin and get expelled. This therapy is very popular in Muslim communities.
Fire cupping: Chinese medicine therapists Use fire to heat the cup, creating a vacuum before placing the cup onto the skin
Dry cupping: what we offer at A to Zen therapies. Dry cupping is safe and beneficial for various conditions and works great when combined with deep tissue massage.
HOW DOES CUPPING THERAPY WORK?
During a Dry Cupping Massage, the therapist places the cups over multiple points on the affected area to create a vacuum. This action lifts the soft tissue creating an upward stretch within the muscle and associated fascia. Thus this action increases the blood flow and induces a stretch effect. As a result, we see a quick reduction in muscle tension and associated pain.
During the session, the therapists can either leave the cups in a static position or move them from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect. The vacuum created makes the affected tissue saturated with fresh blood drawn into the tissue. This saturation can often leave a circular mark which is harmless. Your skin should look normal again within ten days.
It also causes neovascularisation thanks to the quick increase in fresh blood flow that draws to the tissue, bringing rich nutrients and oxygen within the localised area.
The cup's vacuum effect creates a micro-trauma due to the separation between the layers of tissue. As a result, the body's natural healing process triggers an inflammatory response, realising chemicals, white blood cells, platelets, and fibroblasts, which all aid in repairing the affected tissues.
This stretching process to the fascia and connective tissue leads to a relaxation response, improving the range of motion and performance. Besides, It can also provide pain relief by exciting small nerves inside muscles so that they release pain-killing chemicals.
Dry cupping therapy complements other techniques, such as Sports and Deep Tissue Massage. Because the lifting effect provided by the cups works synergistically with the downward pressure application of manual massage, it also works wonderfully in conjunction with other therapies from Chinese medicine, such as Acupuncture.
WHAT IS CUPPING THERAPY SUITABLE FOR?
Cupping Massage London can provide pain relief and help ease the symptoms of many common muscular-skeletal disorders, such as:
muscle pain and tension,
Reduced joint movement,
Back pain and sciatica
Research shows that patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain experienced a 61% decrease in pain after receiving dry cupping therapy!
It may also help with other ailments such as:
Stress and anxiety.
Fertility and gynaecological disorders
Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
Lastly, it may also improve cellulite.